Pumpkin Spiced Portraits, 2014 :: Lifestyle Photography in Baltimore

Ahhh... fall is here. Quite officially too! 

This summer in Baltimore was particularly lovely. Mild, and sunny, and just about perfectly humid. And while I'm just a little sad to say goodbye to summer 2014, the cool breeze we've been enjoying the past few days has made me look forward to sweaters and boots and butternut squash soup in ways that I never have before. 

So, in the spirit of the season that has positively everything pumpkin spiced, I offer up to you all a brand new photo session special: Pumpkin Spiced Portraits.

Yes, that's right. Not quite as comforting as a warm latte, but I assure you: just as delicious.
This is a fantastic opportunity for fall family portraits, baby photos, engagement photos, pet photos, and more! 

:: One day only: Saturday, October 18th
:: One location only: Pagoda Hill at Patterson Park
:: $99 includes a 30-minute session, 10 images on disc, an online gallery for viewing, sharing, and ordering more prints; and 1 8x10" print of your choice. 

Session time slots begin at 10AM.

Want to sign up? Click "Sign Me Up" below! 
Have more question? Feel free to email me at monica@iloveparentheses.com

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Noah Turns One :: The Rushing Family

It's happening.
While sparse, fall leaves can be found now sprinkling the expanse of Patterson Park.
Morning walks with the puppies are brisk and require a jacket or light sweater. 
The days are shorter.
The sun less mighty. 

Fall is starting here in Baltimore (well, all over the rest of the country too). As the last days of summer were hanging on, there was a bit of a collective sadness in my city. A kind of mourning for the loss of what was a pretty spectacularly mild and perfect season. But it took just one cool day to shake us out of our would-be misery and fill our hearts with warmth for all the things yet to come. After all, isn't fall full of things like cable knit sweaters, colorful scarves, and pumpkin spice everything (and, if we're lucky, An Orioles-packed World Series)?

So here is fall. Two days in. And what a way to welcome it! 
I met some of my favorite clients in Patterson Park early Sunday morning to commemorate Noah's first birthday. What a treat it's been to watch him grow this past year - and I look forward to capturing many birthdays in the future. 

Happy birthday, Noah. 
And happy Autumn, Baltimore. 


Shot in Patterson Park near Pagoda Hill; Baltimore, MD





A girl and her dog :: Tara and Rowan

The old adage says that dog is man's best friend - but I can say for certain that those furry four-legged critters are more than just best friend to guys. Tara and Rowan prove my theory quite well as these two seem thick as thieves. 

Let me tell you friends, I have loved every moment so far of getting to know my Charm City neighbors through photo sessions and Tara and Rowan are no exception. I met up with them on Pagoda Hill for a mini portrait session. The sun was low and the summer light absolutely bewitching. And Rowan? What a well-behaved and gorgeous little guy! A model dog in the making for sure. 

Tara opted for the 30-minute mini portrait session, which was the perfect amount of time to capture some dreamy images of her and her boy. These summer days are now only getting shorter as we're this side of solstice, but that hour before sunset is still as magical as ever. What a pleasure it was to meet and work with them both! 


Springtime in the Garden State :: The Castellanos

For those who know me best, it's no secret that I'm a Jersey girl, born and raised. And for all the dicey things people have to say about the Garden State, there's an entire portion that most people never know about the place I call home sweet home! 

I love going back and driving aimlessly across the back roads and farm lands of Hunterdon and Warren Counties. Windows down, sun roof open, playlist blaring... the memories of growing up in this little secret pocket of the U.S. flood back to me and make me smile. 

My husband, of course, does not share this view of New Jersey. The fact that you cannot pump your own gas and can very seldom make left-hand turns is enough to overshadow the rolling hills, open farmland, and shaded back roads lined with 200-year old cottages and homes alongside bubbling brooks.

Eh - to each their own, I suppose! 

I returned for a brief visit to New Jersey this past weekend to catch up with my wonderful mother (whom I lovingly call Babs) since I wouldn't be able to see her on Mother's Day. Visits home usually incorporate impromptu photo shoots, and this visit was no different. 

A dear friend who has been  a huge part of my family's life for... well, as long as I can remember (and probably more than she'd care to admit) now has a little family all her own and I jumped at the opportunity to photograph her two gorgeous little ones, Julian and Adeline. 

Kristin was a childhood playmate - getting in trouble with us nearly as often as she got us in trouble. We were the rebel rousers as kids - the ones that everyone in the neighborhood didn't want their kids to play with. Kristin's mom was a brave one and let her enjoy journeys into the woods for turtle hunting, slightly off-road bike rides, and backyard slumber parties on our giant trampoline. So to see her now wrangling her own set of delightful adventurers was such an incredible pleasure for me, and kind of brought things full circle. 

Growing up in New Jersey is certainly an adventure all its own, but one thing is certain: it turns out some pretty awesome individuals (if I do say so myself). 

Thanks Kristin for allowing me the privilege to capture these moments in your children's lives. I hope it's a tradition that can continue long into the future! 

Photos were captured at the Raritan Inn on Route 513 in Califon, with permission from the Inn Keepers; and Voorhees State Park on Route 513 in High Bridge.